Race Day Checklist

There is a lot to remember on a triathlon race day and it can be very easy to forget kit that you may have planned on using on race day, the last thing you want to do is be running around at the event before your race stressing and trying to borrow forgotten items from fellow competitors.
Even as an experienced athlete I still run through what kit I am going to need in the order I’m going to be using it, much like the list below. Here is our RG Active list of kit you will need and some nice to have items.


  • Goggles
  • Anti-Fog Solution
  • Swim Cap
  • Wetsuit
  • Body Glide
  • Spare goggles
  • Race Belt


  • Bike
  • CO2 Cartridges or Mini Pump
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare Inner Tube
  • Tyre Levers
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Money


  • Running Shoes
  • Hat
  • Flip flops


  • Towel
  • Tri Shorts
  • Tri Top
  • Sports Bra
  • Bike Pump
  • Socks (2 pairs)
  • Race Numbers
  • Post-Race Clothes
  • Water bottles
  • Fuel of your choice
  • Flashlight (if your race has a very early start)
  • Wristwatch
  • Vaseline
  • Timing Chip (often collected race morning)
  • Transition Bag
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sunscreen
  • ID



If you are unlucky and get really bad weather for your race day, you may want to consider wearing another layer over your Trisuit after you’ve swum. A lightweight wind/waterproof gilet or jacket can be a good option, to help keep you comfortable, or a lightweight thermal top. Yes, this will add time to your first transition however if it will make you more comfortable for the rest of the race it might be worth it. You may want to have a quick practice with your extra layer, once you’re wet after a swim certain clothing is very hard to get on.